The Things You Own End Up Owning You

We often set goals that involve more – to do more and have more and accomplish more and to make more money. “More is never enough!” as the Wolf of Wall Street would put it. To do more and accomplish more is an awesome thing…  But with Black Friday yesterday, and after seeing the crazy videos of people fighting over toasters and trampling each other in Walmart, I’m reminded that sometimes we get out of control with “more” and need to focus on exactly the opposite.

My new favorite blog is called The Minimalists. They are Josh and Ryan, and live and write about minimalism- Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. 

So, inspired by the Minimalists, and the ridiculous happenings of Black Friday yesterday, here are some goals to set about needing and having LESS:

-Donate some of the stuff you don’t need or use anymore

-Declutter or simplify your workspace

-Count all your things and set a goal, ie. keep it under 50, or 100

-Let go of a bad relationship

-Quit your job if it’s something you’ve been wanting to do but putting off

-Get rid of your TV, or at least keep it off for a week

-Set a goal to live without goals for a while

To learn more about the Minimalists, check out their About page, and Start page which is a good place to start if you’re new to the blog. My favorite post on the blog so far is called Fight Club: Tyler Durden is a Minimalist, and has 26 quotes from the movie Fight Club about life, consumerism, needing less and living more. The clip above and title of this post is actually first quote on the list: “The things you own end up owning you.”

And if you are into this minimalism thing, here are some other blogs to follow:

Colin Wright’s http://exilelifestyle.com

Leo Babauta’s http://zenhabits.net (There was recently a good post on the ZenHabits blog called The Necessary Art of Subtraction that you should check out.)

Tammy Strobel’s http://rowdykittens.com

Joshua Becker’s http://www.becomingminimalist.com

Own less, and live more!!

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One thought on “The Things You Own End Up Owning You

  1. jordan

    minimalism goes way back. ancient greeks had their own “minimalism” movement in their day (epicureanism). check it out, it might interest you.

    if you’d like more recommendations about minimalism in terms of music, movies, literature, etc. let me know.

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